Three second period goals drill Oilers
AMARILLO, TX - The Gorillas jumped out to an impressive 3-0 lead during a power-play-filled stretch in the middle of the second period and held off a third frame onslaught from the Tulsa Oilers to win 3-2 in front of 2,307 Jungle fans Tuesday evening.
Defense was the name of the game for the first 27 minutes as both Jamie Vandespyker of Amarillo and Tulsa's Marco Emond were impressive in net, though neither nearly as spectacular as each squad's penalty kill. The Gorillas, after being blanked on their first four man-advantage attempts, stepped up the pressure in the second period after the Oilers' Dan Hodge and former Ape Paxton Schulte were penalized, giving Amarillo a 5-on-3 power play.
Powered by 23 second-period shots, four shy of a season-high, the Gorillas reeled off three consecutive goals, two on the power-play, during a stretch of just over six minutes. The first to get on the board was new winger Dan Donnette 8:35 into the frame. For the forward, the goal was his first of the year and second point in four games since returning to Amarillo from the Kangwon Land team in Seoul, Korea just over one week ago. Assists went to Keith Rowe and Brent Hughes, their 12th and 18th, respectively.
Only 2:05 later, the Gorillas still on the power-play, Hughes struck Emond with his seventh man-advantage goal and 13th overall to give the forward a two-point night and 32 on the season. Captains Mark DeSantis and Derek Hahn each earned the helpers. For DeSantis, the assist was his 25th and 35th point, bringing the veteran to within just three points of 500 in his 13-year career. Hahn, meanwhile, took his first of two assists on the night and extended his points-streak to eight games, during which he has 15 points. The streak is Hahn's third of the year lasting at least eight games as the center continues to pace the Central Hockey League with 85 points and 55 helpers.
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Amarillo Gorillas Hockey Presented by NewsChannel 10 will be broadcast on the New KPUR 107.1 FM Friday night and will not be available on the radio Saturday evening. Both upcoming contests will be held at the Cal Farley Coliseum, before the Gorillas close out February with four straight on the road. Gorillas Pre-Game Friday is set to begin at 6:45 pm. The games will also be available at www.amarillogorillas.com and on CHLTV (www.chltv.com).
Saturday night's game against Laredo will be televised locally on UPN with Adam Kaufman handling the play-by-play duties with analyst Jason Friedman.
Friday the 17th is Valero McKee Refinery Night presented by KVII Channel 7. Tons of prize giveaways! It's also Surprise Parties Ladies Night as the Gorillas host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs for the first time all year! Saturday, the Gorillas will celebrate Bud Light Night presented by NewsChannel 10 against Laredo by wearing special Texas-themed jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.
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